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Caps Sign Prospect Varlamov

Goaltender Simeon Varlamov has been signed to a three-year entry level deal.

Because he does not have not have a contract in Russia, the Caps do not have to pay any transfer fees. Another interesting tidbit: The contract contains a clause that allows him to be assigned to the Russian Super League next year. That clause, however, does not apply to the second and third years of the deal.

From the Caps:

Varlamov (pronunciation: SIHM-yahn VAR-la-mohv), 19, was a first-round selection of the Capitals, 23rd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'1'', 183-pound, left-handed catching goaltender spent this past season with Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League.
The Samara, Russia, native finished the regular season with a 15-7-6 record in Russia's top professional league, posting a 2.12 goals-against average in 31 games. He allowed just 64 goals in 1,810 minutes played. Varlamov skated two seasons with Yaroslavl's junior club before playing for their elite team.

Here's the link.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 11, 2007; 1:16 PM ET
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Hmmm... It was reported some time ago here in Europe that he has signed a one-year deal with his Russian team.

Posted by: Tomppav | July 11, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

A great sign. Ovy must've been right about his NHL-caliber skill-set already. I still doubt he'll be over here this year, but it looks like he'll be in North America sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Joneyman | July 11, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov has a 3 year contract with Lokomotiv.

Posted by: Finn | July 11, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Not sure his signing has anything to do with his "NHL-ready"-ness. Wouldn't he have gone back into the draft if he's not signed by next June anyway?

Posted by: tallbear | July 11, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is excellent news to hear.

Varlamov seems like the real deal. Hopefully, he can keep up his performance.

Posted by: Zach | July 11, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't this guy's name Semen when we drafted him? Or was that a misprint?

Posted by: JR | July 11, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Varlamov has a 3 year contract with Lokomotiv"

No he doesn't.

Posted by: Finn | July 11, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse


His name when we drafted him is the same as it is now: Семён. This can be transliterated a few different ways. "Semen", the name used at the draft, comes from whatever scheme they used. It's pronounced something like "Semyon".

"Simeon" is the French spelling of Семён. In French, it's pretty close to the real thing... with an English pronunciation, it just sounds like you're calling him an ape. I really dislike the Simeon spelling, but I guess it beats having a guy named Semen on your team.

Posted by: signorformaggio | July 11, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Fake Finn, read Russian papers. Varlamov signed a 3 year contract in Russia not long ago!

Posted by: Finn | July 12, 2007 7:58 AM | Report abuse

No he didn't.

You're the fake Finn. Not I.

Posted by: Finn | July 12, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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